New England: Yankeeland Irish Adopt Silky for Derby Writer Sees Noureddin Potential Threat Lincoln, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-03


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New England - — By Teddy Cox Yankeeland Irish Adopt Silky! for Derby Writer Sees Noureddin Potential Threat Lincoln Press Corps Has Varied Opinion - LINCOLN DOWNS, Lincoln, R. I., May 2.— Its a great day for the Yankeeland Irish! Theyve adopted Silky Sullivan as their lone representative in the Kentucky tucky Derby Derby and and on on this this eve eve of of tucky Derby Derby and and on on this this eve eve of of the- famed classic enthusiasm has mounted and many of the Lincoln Downs patrons, who have previously braved ice, snow and hail to be on hand during the meeting, probably will lend an ear and eye to television as the: event is being contested. B. A. Dario and his colorful and capable "idea man," Eddie Mack, are fully cognizant of Silkys magnetism so theyve ordered TV sets installed installed throughout throughout the the grounds grounds installed installed throughout throughout the the grounds grounds in order to satisfy the Sullivan converts. Dario and Gordon W. Morrow, who operates the racing department, are quite proud of the Saturday program with the 0,000 Bridgeport Handicap as the headliner. A large contingent of turfites will avail themselves to the modern Connecticut Turnpike to take in the 1 1-16 miles jaunt for three-year-olds and upward. Most of the regulars among the local handicap stars will be in the starting field. After Saturday there will be only two weeks remaining of this highly successful meeting, after which the thoroughbred colony will trek northward to East Boston and Suffolk Downs. Predicted Iron Lieges 57 Victory To get back to the Derby, last season, through the help of our colleague, E. Palmer Heagerty, we sounded out Iron Liege as the colt to beatf in the trying grind. Heagerty had been with both Iron Liege and Gen. Duke during their Florida campaigns and he expressed the view, many days in advance and before Gen. Dukes Achilles heel flared up, that Iron Liege was best of the two, and nothing has occurred since to belie that sage observation. Of the derby horses we have seen to date, the most likely with a chance to succeed is Dr. Peter Graf-fagninos Noureddin, a wasp-waisted little fellow who is a great deal tougher than his delicate conformation machinery would ordinarily dictate. His race in the Wood Memorial was a beauty, according to the cold figures, and the fact that Jimmy Combest saw enough to lodge a claim of foul against Jewels Reward adds quite conclusively to the Noor colts credentials. Prior to. leaving the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, where Noureddin obtained his foundation for his Derby prep, his able trainer, J. H. "Slim" Pierce, said he thought Noureddin "could be any kind of horse," that his only weakness was a wet or damp track. So, while most of the others are looking in other directions for their choices, weJl cast a weak but hopeful vote for Noureddin. Heres what others now covering, the New England scene say: John Aborn, Providence Journal: "Its hard to pass up either Tim Tam or Silky Sullivan who have been just about even choices with the public up to now. Of the two, Tim Tam is more solid with me. Silky has been widely publicized but I dont think he has actually proved to be the likes of Tim Tam. Furthermore, when he tries to make his celebrated run from behind, he may find it difficult to weave through the many tiring horses that may be staggering on to the finish, particularly if the field is as large as anticipated. Back of these two, r like Nadir first and then Jewels Reward." Eli Chiat, Daily Racing Form: "Jewels Reward is capable of holding a striking position on the leaders and has the stamina and class to carry his rally in the final run. Should be able to stay clear of all interference and jockey Eddie Arcaro should not hinder his chances." Irishmen Must Stick Together Gerry Sullivan, Boston Herald-Traveler: "No problem making up my mind on this Derby. Has to be Silky Sullivan. The names the same and that has something to do with the selecfion. Actually, I know trainer Reggie Cornell _from his schooling days in New England and even that far back the capable rotund horseman had a knack of bringing the big horse up for the big race." Sunmy McCracken, Boston Globe: "Im a subway horse* man myself, but this year I have to ride up front in the parlor car with Calumets Tim Tam. As for Silky, I think hes gone soggy." Bob Waldo, Boston Record: "Maine Chance Farms Jewels Reward with the olmaster, Eddie Arcaro, at the controls, is the one most likely to prevail insofar as this department is concerned. In finishing in front of the favored Tim Tam in the Flamingo, although disqualified, he was convincing enough and we feel he is capable of doing it again." Dave Wilson, Boston American: "Calumet Farms Tim Tam, like all Derby horses trained by the Jones boys, will be ready to run his big one. But from this distance, all signs point to Silky Sullivan running out of contention before he runs out of ground."

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